Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Did you read this one? It's an interesting and thought-provoking piece of writing… about why it's difficult to write about this particular subject. Her perspective on BYU culture was, shall we say, amusing. "But of course, there was no way I could admit to or discuss any of this. For one, there nothing less attractive in the world than a girl desperate to have someone, anyone, so she knows she is not a failure. So actually pursuing marriage was out of the question, because if you looked like you were looking for it, then it was certain that you would never get it."

I also liked this line: "I recently read a post on the bloggernacle responding to Sister Beck's talk saying that they object to anyone who says that a woman's fulfillment should come wholly or even primarily through raising children. Here's a news flash for you: the Church doesn't say that about women. It says that about everyone! Does the Church say that men should get a career for self-fulfillment?"

That said, I actually really appreciate feminism in the sense that mature, adult men and women are not really all that different from each other. We're all human beings, thinking and feeling in largely-similar patterns, even if we express our humanity in personal, idiosyncratic fashions. I appreciate feminism encouraging women to get an education and be intelligent, and encouraging men to be emotionally sensitive and close to their families. (At the same time, I don't want to express sensitivity the way a typical woman would.) Radical feminism, which seeks to erase truths, is different of course, but then it's also a fringe movement almost by definition. Feminism is easiest to appreciate when you contrast it with bigotry between the sexes.



"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)

Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.

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